Choosing for Happiness
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Discusses a young woman's negative appraisal of each new man she meets. Ultimately, she learns that selfanalysis must come first, that she must accept the possibility of making certain changes in herself and fewer demands on other people.
EVE QUESTIONS "IS HE RIGHT FOR ME?" EACH TIME SHE MEETS A NEW BOY. EACH EXPERIENCE ENDS WITH THE BOY RESISTING HER ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE HIM. A FRIEND MAKES MARY REASSESS HER OWN ACTIONS.
Ken Smith sez: "Mary" is the level-headed narrator of this film, which was shot on the campus of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Mary's headstrong college chum, "Eve," is "attractive and full of life," but Mary is surprised because "she isn't already engaged." In a series of flashbacks, we see Eve's history of recent boyfriends -- none of whom were right for her. In the end, obstinate Eve learns that "we must learn to change ourselves, rather than change others," but she still ends up without a boyfriend.
This is one of five films in the Marriage For Moderns series, based on the textbook of the same name by Henry A. Bowman (guess where he taught). Watch for the scene where Eve idly makes a heart out of pebbles, while bad boyfriend Arthur ("the Brain") makes the equation for the area of a circle.
The fact that Eve is searching for a husband at an all-women school is never questioned.
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Hon, you're out of whack for 1950.
The closest she gets to a guy she can stomach would in those days be the most likely to beat the fluff out of her one day.
Skip boys, Eve. Get a dog. You can boss him around all you want and he'll just love ya back.
Subject: It's all about Eve.
I don't have a problem with Eve... She's human, she's flawed, and she rings truer to me than most of the meek, soft-spoken, boring protrayals of women in the 50s...or maybe the actress is just better than usual. :D
Subject: Clueless Cousins
Subject: For another generation
College bud Mary (who's internal narrator voice is very different from her spoken voice) has to tackle her friend Mary's psychosis of controlling every aspect of the men she dates.
I didn't find the film especially derogatory to women (other than the fact that Eve is, you know, nuts). Mary doesn't suggest that Eve should be subservient to men, or let one boss her around, just that Mary should be aware of who she is, and what she's doing (ordering people around).
Subject: Tips on Getting Your MRS Degree
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: All About Eve
That being said, none of the boys she dates really seem to be any prize either--except Steve, he's adorable. At least the last guy she sees doesn't allow Eve to push him around, although if a guy told me I ought to be taken over someone's knee and spanked I would run the other way.
And is it just me, or do all of these films have a character named Mary?
Subject: Well, can you BLAME the boys?